Vuelta a Murcia
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (February 2012)|
|English name||Tour of Murcia|
|Local name(s)||Vuelta Ciclistica a la Region di Murcia|
|Competition||UCI Europe Tour|
|Type||Stage race (until 2012)
One-day race (2013 onwards)
|Editions||34 (as of 2014)|
|First winner||Pedro Delgado (ESP)|
|Most wins||Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (4 wins)|
|Most recent||Rein Taaramae (EST)|
The Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia (English: Tour of Murcia) is a road bicycle race held in and around Murcia, Spain. Originally the race consisted of five stages. However, due to financial troubles, the race consisted of three stages in 2011 and only two stages in 2012. It is part of the UCI Europe Tour as a 2.1 event. The first four editions were reserved to amateurs.
All Italian teams were banned from taking part in 2010 edition of the race by the race organizers. This decision was made due to the banning of Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde by the Italian Olympic Committee due to his links with the Operación Puerto blood doping ring.
In 2011 Alberto Contador won both the overall and points classification after winning Stage 2 and the Stage 3 individual time trial. However in February 2012 he was suspended and all his results after July 2010 were voided, awarding Jérôme Coppel of Saur Sojasun the overall victory.
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- Official website (Spanish)